Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered looks the same on PC as the original early 2010 comparison shows

By Sherif Saeed, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 11:03 GMT

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered looks like a big upgrade over consoles, but PC players might not notice much of the difference.

After a leak, EA has officially revealed Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered on Monday. The enhanced version comes to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch in November, providing some visual upgrades over the original, and adding cross-play.

If you’re annoyed with the promotional ad, there’s a good chance you’ve seen or played the PC version of the original 2010 release recently, because that’s where the upgrade seems unimportant.

YouTuber Crowned compiled a side-by-side comparison in similar-looking situations using the same vehicles, same missions, and on the same routes. Although the comparison initially starts with the PC remaster versus the original PC and the original Xbox 360, it quickly boils down to the PC versus the PC.

As EA said in the announcement, the remaster is already bringing high-quality models to the game, which are clearly visible on vehicles. Vehicle bodies are now also able to reflect their surroundings more accurately and sharply. The updated lighting also helps make all of these details clearer in Remaster, but that really relates.

The haul spans look very similar, and everything outside of cars from road fabric to bushes and trees looks nearly identical to the original computer. There was even a case where the trees looked noticeably worse in the transformer, although we can trace this back to it being a building under development.

Other notable areas of improvement include more complex smoke and rain effects, as well as improved refinement. It sounds like an overall upgrade, but it’s apparently about the level of upgrading we got with Burnout Paradise Remastered, so your expectations should be. While we all wait for Digital Foundry to dig into the crucial details, you can watch the Crowned video above.

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